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Cauliflower mashed potatoes

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The next time you’re asked to bring a side dish to a potluck supper — or anytime your menu calls for mashed potatoes — you may wish to add a bit of punch to your dish by throwing in some fresh veggies. This mashed potato recipe is inspired by the colorful varieties of cauliflower that are now becoming readily available. The purple color comes from an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is also found…

Asparagus cornbread with roasted garlic

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Here in Northern California impending asparagus festivals are conjuring up all kinds of treatments for the perennial herb: battered and fried spears, blended in ice cream, stir-fried, sauteed, souped, sauced … But many times asparagus recipes end up doing injustice to what is otherwise a very nutritious and lovely food. We all know of asparagus’ rather pronounced effect on one’s … ahem … secretions. That said, asparagus does have beneficial diuretic…

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Stroll historic downtown Folsom on farmers market Saturday

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Folsom, California is host to a pleasant farmers market at the railroad turntable in historic downtown. One of seven markets managed by BeMoneySmartUSA, the Folsom Farmers Market runs each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., across from 915 Sutter Street. It’s open year-round, rain or shine. The Sierra foothills town of Folsom sprang up during the California gold rush and is perhaps best known for its prison (thanks to…

How to test your soil for a healthy garden

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It’s spring — and we urban gardeners are itching to throw some seedlings into the ground. But wait! Before we proceed, let’s review how we did last year. Did any of your veggies poop out early in the season? Or never thrive in the first place? It’s likely because of the condition of the soil. This season, rather than planting first and dousing with a fast-acting fertilizer (as some of us have…

Vegan coconut flan with raspberry coulis

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Do you love a nice custard flan, but wish to avoid the dairy and eggs? This vegan coconut flan with raspberry coulis makes a refreshing ending to a hearty meal. Since this vegan recipe contains no eggs or gelatin, obtaining a flan with the right delicately firm consistency was a bit of a challenge. My first attempt at a baked custard, replacing the eggs with a common dried egg substitute,…